UPSC PRELIMINARY MOCK TEST 202

 

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UPSC PRELIMINARY MOCK TEST 202

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Question 1
"HADR Exercises", often practised by the armed forces, will
A
Improve military cooperation and interoperability between itself and the armed forces of the participating country in counter-terror operations
B
Enhance the effectiveness of disaster relief and rescue operations
C
Help maintain effectiveness of cooperation and interoperability between the three wings of the armed forces
D
Better coordinate anti-piracy operations in the high seas


Question 1 Explanation: 

"Humanitarian Assistance and Disaster Relief (HADR) Exercises" have taken place in the form of bilateral exercises (one wing of the armed force with its counterpart of another country), between the three wings of the armed forces, between any wing/s of the armed forces and other organisations/stakeholders such as civil administration, municipal corporations, the NCC and so on.

Improvisation: PIB ;

2016: PIB ; "

Question 2
Which among the following statements correctly differentiate the National Achievement Survey (NAS) from the Annual Status of Education Report (ASER)? 1.While NAS is a school-based effort, ASER is a household survey 2.Whereas NAS is a representative sample of children who are enrolled in government or aided schools, ASER is a representative sample of all children
  1. NAS focusses mainly on foundational skills like reading and arithmetic, while ASER looks at a wider variety of skills
Select the correct answer using the code given below:
A
1 and 2 only
B
2 only
C
1 and 3 only
D
1, 2 and 3


Question 2 Explanation: 

There are now two new sources of data available on children's learning. Recently, ASER 2017 and the district report cards from the National Achievement Survey (NAS) were released.

  • Both exercises, one by the government and the other done by non-governmental organisations, indicate a significant shift in thinking about children's learning. In their own ways, both point to the importance of considering stage-wise learning outcomes, a move which will contribute towards a much-needed rethinking of class-wise curricular expectations.
  • They are also the only two sources of data that are repeatedly available (whether periodically in the case of NAS or annually in the case of ASER).
  • ASER is a household survey and NAS is a school-based effort. ASER conducts its assessment one-on-one, while NAS is a pen-paper test.
  • ASER is aimed at a representative sample of all children (whether in school and attending or out of school) whereas NAS is a representative sample of children who are enrolled in government or aided schools.
  • Regarding Statement 3: ASER focusses mainly on foundational skills like reading and arithmetic, while NAS looks at a wider variety of skills.

http://www.thehindu.com/todays-paper/tp-opinion/three-milestones-in-education/article22581769.ece ; "

Question 3
In which of the following movements did Mahatma Gandhi first make use of the hunger strike as a weapon?
A
Non-cooperation Movement
B
Rowlatt Satyagraha
C
Bardoli Satyagraha
D
Ahmedabad Strike


Question 3 Explanation: 
Ahmedabad Strike (1918)
Question 4
Consider the following statements about Rural Infrastructure Development Fund (RIDF).
  1. Government of India created the RIDF in NABARD.
  2. The eligible activities are classified into Agriculture and related sector, Social sector and rural connectivity.
  3. Panchayat Raj Institutions, Self Help Groups (SHGs) and NGOs are also eligible to receive funds.
Which of the above statements is/are correct?
A
1, 2
B
2, 3
C
1, 3
D
1, 2, 3


Question 4 Explanation: 

The RIDF was set up by the Government in 1995-96 for financing ongoing rural Infrastructure projects. The Fund is maintained by the National Bank for Agriculture and Rural Development (NABARD). Domestic commercial banks contribute to the Fund to the extent of their shortfall in stipulated priority sector lending to agriculture. The main objective of the Fund is to provide loans to State Governments and State-owned corporations to enable them to complete ongoing rural infrastructure projects.

At present, there are 37 eligible activities under RIDF as approved by GoI. The eligible activities are classified under three broad categories i.e.

  • Agriculture and related sector
  • Social sector
  • Rural connectivity

Eligible Institutions

  • State Governments / Union Territories
  • State Owned Corporations / State Govt. Undertakings
  • State Govt. Sponsored / Supported Organisations
  • Panchayat Raj Institutions/Self Help Groups (SHGs)/ NGOs

(provided the projects are submitted through the nodal department of State Government, i.e Finance Department) "

Question 5
Article 331 of the Constitution of India provides for
A
Reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the House of the People.
B
Representation of the Anglo-Indian community in the House of the People.
C
Reservation of seats for Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes in the Legislative Assemblies of the States.
D
Representation of the Anglo-Indian community in the Legislative Assemblies of the States.


Question 5 Explanation: 

Representation of the Anglo Indian community in the Hose of the People Notwithstanding anything in Article 81, the President may, if he is of opinion that the Anglo Indian community is not adequately represented in the House of the people, nominate not more than two members of that community to the House of the People.

Source: https://indianexpress.com/article/india/anglo-indians-left-out-as-bill-to-extend-quota-in-legislature-gets-nod-6152837/

There are 5 questions to complete.

 

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